Rato Machhindranath coconut throwing ceremony concludes

KATHAMNDU, May 21:Though it boasts important cultural and historical essence, Rato Machhindranath Jatra on Tuesday once again celebrated the male supremacy over female, among other things.
According to Dil Kumar Barahi, who has been leading the chariot and the Machhindranath construction team since very long, the coconut throwing ceremony observed on Tuesday has much to do with a preference for son as the one who catches the coconut is believed to be blessed with a son. Continue Reading→

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Rato Machhindranath Jatra begins today

The chariot procession of the rain god, Rato Machhindranath, is all set to begin in Lalitpur on Monday.
Guthi Sansthan, the government body authorised to celebrate the festival, said all preparations for this year’s procession are over.
People of eight localities in Patan—Natol, Gabahal, Mekhabahal, Kusunti, Kayanni, Walmaya, Dhaugol and Sachhi Chhe—usually lead the Machhindranath chariot procession.Continue Reading→

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Rato Machchhindranath chariot festival begins

Rato Machchhindranath Jatra, the most intriguing festival of the historic city of Patan, commenced on Friday with the ritual installing of the deity inside the chariot constructed as per tradition at local Pulchowk.

On the first day of the festival, Paaneju priests of the Newar community in Bungmati VDC of Lalitpur district, placed the idol of Rato Machchhindranath inside the sacred chamber of the chariot constructed with wood and bamboo brought from the forests of Makawanpur, Nuwakot and Godawari. Continue Reading→

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